Our projects

One of our main activities is to coordinate or participate as partner in European projects where we encourage innovation, exchange of good practices, development of new educational tools for young people, adults and teachers. Topics of our interest are strategic partnerships, VET education and youth mobility in the field of education.

Subjects for our projects are: Labour market issues incl. career guidance / youth unemployment; Enterprise, industry and SMEs (incl. entrepreneurship); ICT – new technologies – digital competences; overcoming skills mismatches (basic/transversal); EU citizenship; social dialogue; peace education.

With its network of local and European non-profit organisations, public bodies, private companies, Alphabet Formation is a strategic partner whose expertise in project management can be an asset in the development of Belgian communities.

Hate speech is one of the most prolific forms of intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia in Europe. It represents a serious threat to freedom, democracy, values and respect of human rights across the continent and over.

EU CAN (European Counter and Alternative Narratives Network), designed and coordinated by Alphabet Formation and its partners, aims to take an action against hate speech and youth radicalization providing appropriate educational tools for our local communities to tackle these issues

The EU CAN Network, formed by local authorities, NGO’s, trainers, social workers and CSO’s, is committed to support integration and democratic participation through education as the antidote to hate. We will fight the current situation by:
– working to teach young citizens the value of tolerance and democratic culture with ambitions to actively combat stigmatization of immigrants and build counter narratives to hate speech
– propose powerful alternative narratives to dismantle hateful narratives thus promoting democratic, intercultural engagement and civic participation of both citizens and non-EU foreign.

Programme: Europe for Citizens
Action Type: Network of Town

 

INFO TEMPLATE EUCAN

Summary
One of the key priority of Europe 2020 Strategy is to raise “Europe’s employment rate – more and better jobs, especially for women, young people and older workers” so to achieve a benchmark of “75% employment rate for women and men aged 20-64 by 2020 – achieved by getting more people into work. One obstacle is represented by the gap between low-skilled and low-qualified adults from the labor market. The demand for digital technology professionals has grown by 4% annually in the last ten years. Yet digital skills are lacking in Europe at all levels. Within this context, though the project we will identify solutions to help adult students to be inserted in the labor market establishing effective links between adult schools and the world of work and entrepreneurship using social media and ICT.

The main aim is to promote the entrepreneurial spirit of adult learners using social media and ICT to create new e-enterprises ensuring increased opportunities for being incorporated in the labor market in an effective way. Through this project we want to impact 100 adult teachers, 30 enterprises and 400 adult students (50% with fewer opportunities)
We achieve our aim through the following activities:

  • 1″e-entrepreneurship” training package (video lessons)
  • Adult teachers, trainers test the training package to encourage young adults to create new e-enterprises
  • National training experience “how to become an e-entrepreneur”, using social media and ICT
  • International training experience on “Adopt an enterprise experience” exploiting social media and ICT.
  • Workshops about social media and ICT usage to create new e-enterprise in Europe.
  • International Conference about “International e-entrepreneurship” to promote the project results and activities

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for adult education
Topics: Enterprise, industry and SMEs (incl. entrepreneurship) ICT – new technologies – digital competences Inclusion – equity

WBL experiences in all forms (apprenticeships, traineeships, dual schemes and job shadowing) at local, regional, national or transnational level equip VET students with a broad range of skills which opens doors to personal fulfilment and development, social inclusion, active citizenship and employment. These include key competences and transversal skills and such as digital competences, entrepreneurship, critical thinking, problem solving learning to learn.
Through the project Quality qualification for VET we aim to improve the cooperation between VET providers and companies in order to provide a market oriented training offer and business driven learning paths to the VET students, teachers and trainers. We evaluate the real impact of WBL experiences on the skills and employability of VET students and teachers and offer quality work based Learning opportunities at local, regional, national and transnational level to VET students and improve apprenticeships, dual schemes and traineeships’ effectiveness.
The expected outcomes of the project are: 1 QQVET transnational network, 1 impact study on WBL experiences on multiple levels, QQVET documentary series, 1 pack of recommendations for VET students, teachers, trainers, VET providers, enterprises and public bodies

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training

Presentation of QQVET project and its activities during the Advance Planning Visits” (APV) between the staff of the intermediary organization and the hosting organizations (VET providers and/or companies) in the framework of the KA1 Vet Mobility project for students “Improve Upon employment opportunities to VET students in Europe”

Summary
The emergence of violent and terrorist attacks in Europe has risen big concerns. Although terrorist radicalization can happen at any age, young people in search of a sense of belonging, purpose, and/or identity may be more vulnerable to violent extremism. This is fueled by the lack of opportunities and future perspectives for youth, which led to social exclusion situation where young people can feel lost and susceptible to extremists ‘propaganda’. Civil society, especially youth workers, can offer credible alternatives to violent extremism, including in terms of narratives, role models and opportunities for mobilization, such as democratic participation, civic engagement, access to health and social services and employment opportunities.
The aim of the project is to tackle youth radicalization and extremis by strengthening the role and work of youth and civil society organizations and equip the youth workers with non-formal and peace education methodologies and strategies to build up personal Resilience and resistance to extremist behaviour. We raise awareness about extremists’ recruitment strategies to reach out and approach youth, online and individually.

Key Action: Learning Mobility of Individuals
Action Type: Youth mobility
Topics: Social dialogue Inclusion – equity Youth (Participation, Youth Work, Youth Policy)

Summary
The transition from education to labour market is becoming more and more difficult to be completed.
ICT tools and social media channels can be useful allies for youngsters to find a job in a safe and responsible way. In the same time, the HR managers and job recruiters are exploiting social networks and web platforms to search for suitable candidates; nonetheless in many cases young people seems not be aware of the importance to protect their own reputation online, especially while searching for job opportunities. Through this project we want to equip youth workers and leaders with knowledge, competences and skills as well as innovative and interactive methodologies to empower the employability of young people.

The main aim is to promote youth employment through an effective and appropriate use of digital tools, especially social media. During the training course we will explore through “digital mentoring” how to create and preserve a digital identity and thus becoming suitable candidates on the labour market. At the end of the training course, the participants will turn into digital mentors, well-skilled and prepared to mentor young people on how to create a maintain a good digital identity to successfully enter the European labour market

Key Action: Learning Mobility of Individuals
Action Type: Youth mobility
Topics: Labour market issues incl. career guidance / youth unemployment EU Citizenship, EU awareness and Democracy ICT – new technologies – digital competences

The project responds to the need that VET schools have to provide their students with the chance to increase and improve the quality of vocational training, by taking internships in European companies, and getting in contact with the single European labour market.

The main OBJECTIVE of the project is to allow VET students to develop, through training practices in European companies, the skills and abilities to complete, in a practical way, the skills acquired in VET to be incorporated efficiently into the European labor market, either on account own or for others. To do this, VET students needs to develop specific tecnical skills on the specialty that they has studied, but transversal, social and intercultural skills will also be necessary to face new challenges and become active citizens with values for the future. 
The project will improve the opportunities for VET students to be actively incorporate national or European labor market, either on their own account or as an employee, in a more effective way. The collaboration between the participating organizations will allow promoting European cooperation and internationalization and it will make it possible to bring companies closer to VET schools and it will improve too the collaboration with other VET schools, public authotities, etc. It will give participating entities a vision about most demanded professional profiles and the skills that students must learn.

The project is directly linked to the 2020 strategy, the skills agenda and the European priorities to help the EU and its Member States generate a higher level of employment, productivity, social cohesion and development.

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Learning Mobility of Individuals
Action Type: VET learner and staff mobility

Due to the digitalization and technological progress of the labor market, the high rates of youth unemployment in Spain and the large number of students who drop out of school without professional qualification, the consortium’s of VETschool are aware to face the challenge of improving the professional development of VET students for their participation as active citizens in society and to improve their opportunities to join the European labor market.

The project aims at providing VET students with the chance to deepen and improve the quality of their training, by carrying out internships in European companies, and getting in contact with European labour market.

The VET schools consortim needs to establish European quality networks with companies and other educational centres throughout Europe, in order to stay update on innovations, to share good practices and to get informed on European policies, improving the quality of the provided teaching and trainings, thus fighting youth unemployment.

The project is adressed to 84 students and former students who are attending the 2nd course of school-based intermediate VET programme of IT, construction and civil engineering, electronics and electricity, hospitality and tourism and administration or graduates in the last year: mid-level technicians of these specialties.

 

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Learning Mobility of Individuals
Action Type: VET learner and staff mobility

Our EU open democratic societies depend on the ability of citizens to access a variety of verifiable information so that they can form a view on different political issues. In this way, citizens can participate in an informed way in public debates and express their will through free and fair political processes. These democratic processes are increasingly challenged by deliberate, large-scale, and systematic spreading of disinformation. Euroscepticism has moved towards mainstream political and popular culture. Eurosceptic movement and gain more traction on people with emotional and simplified rhetoric rather than the rational, complex and facts-based reasoning that we – civil society – tend to provide. Eurosceptic movement gain more public support, threatening the legitimacy and popularity of the European process of integration. People with high levels of media literacy have a better understanding of the EU, adopt a position, make their own conclusions, discerns truth from fake news, not follow trends, and can have a better opinion and judgments on achievements of the EU and benefits. On the other hand, people with low levels of media literacy are vulnerable, affected, impressed, and have conflict facing Eurosceptic narratives. To fight against these issues, EU Defence Network aims to find ways to promote good media literacy training practices. The main focus is the improvement of media literacy levels among young people through the development of a pool of media literacy experts working with youth in schools and in non-formal contexts. Focusing on the detection and exposure of trending narratives, disinformation channels and disinformation techniques, the ambitious aim of this project is to try to channel criticism of the EU into positive driver for the European integration in the long run and to help the EU to come closer to its citizen and to increase their resilience. EU Defence Network foresees the participation of 18 EU countries.

 

Programme: Europe for Citizens
Action Type: Network of Town

The project starts from an analysis carried out by the partnership on the effects of rural depopulation and new opportunities to address the problem. In fact, the partners has started from the needs of the communities to link together realities experiencing similar issues to cooperate and support each other.

We will look at the following main issues: how the phenomenon of depopulation in the EU is taking place and which are the historical and contemporary causes and main factors involved.  How to promote economic and social development in rural depopulated areas starting from best practices and responses in different EU countries as: sustainable tourism, start up business management, community building and coproduction through the revaluation of the local heritage, including the role of international migration. The project aims to explore possibilities of rural development to tackle unemployement and depopulation. These possibilities may include sustainable tourism, practices of coproduction and sustainable start up among the others. The best practices will be collected in a toolkit to create a tool for guidance for unemployed adults, entrepreneurs and workers employed in rural areas willing to start sustainable development activities. The objectives are to share best practices between organizations in Europe dealing with depopulation and rural development, to point out the main issues and topics arising from contexts of depopulation and their communities, to develop guidelines for local and educational authorities for the possible measures to prevent the phenomenon and its dynamics, to train key figures as well as unemployed adults, workers and members of rural depopulated communities, operators and entrepreneurs working already in those contexts, policy-makers in the field and members of local institutions, trainers and mentors in vocational guidance and employability) and stimulate them to develop and adopt new techniques concerning rural development, to promote multidisciplinary approaches in dealing with challenges.

Call 2019 KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

KA204 Strategic Partnerships for adult education

MaYFAir is a consortium composed by 9 organization from 4 countries. In each country involved is represented 1 Vet provider involved in certification system + 1 Vet Mobility Charter owner. Moreover, there is Unitelma University to guarantee the scientific value of the project’s results and to certify the MaYFAir specialization, with legal recognition at European level.

MaYFAir design, develop and tests a methodological kit and a MOOC for mobility promoters, aimed at implementing strategies for supporting the internationalization of VET providers, through the recognition, design and validation of the LO derived by WBL abroad mobility. Accordingly, MaYFAir, develops and tests methodological tools aimed at strengthening the synergy among ECVET-(EQF)-NQFs, with the aim of favoring the link between national qualifications, capitalized mobility loans, NF/IF learning recognition. This link make it possible the capitalization of ECVET credits, both for the prosecution of the studies, which will follow to a previously recognition of the individual competences, in order to obtain all the necessary skills to achieve the whished standardized professional qualifications, and for the easier working reallocation through the access to certification of non-formal and informal standardized professional qualification referable to NQFs.

The name of the consequent qualification acquired by participant is “Method expert for the transparency and validation of learning deriving from mobility in WBL”, and steams from the principle shared by ECVET and NQFs systems, which are both focused on the description of achieved LO. Building a system to recognize, design and certify LO acquired during WBL abroad mobility means recognizing a right to people, guaranteeing them more employment opportunities, also at international level.

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for VET

Through enhancing the capability and the skills of the youth workers and of young people in the domain of innovation intelligence and fundraising, this project has the long-term objective to give young people a chance to increase their commitment and participation to civil society life. The project will produce a toolkit for youth workers and young people, useful in general to all those who want to take part in a fundraising activity and to be involved in a process to increase organizational intelligence in the sense of innovation. The project provides youth workers in BE, ES, PT, UK, RO with new ways of using informal learning to encourage the participation of young people, to help youth workers and young people to increase their participation and their commitment to the Youth Environment. We provide youth workers in BE, ES, PT, UK, RO with new ways of using informal learning to encourage the participation of young people, to help youth workers and young people to increase their participation and their commitment to the Youth Environment.

NL EN FR